The New York Yankees have officially acknowledged and apologized for the unintended distribution of personal information pertaining to nearly 20,000 non-premium season ticket account holders.
The breach occurred on Monday when an account representative accidentally attached a spreadsheet containing the data to an email newsletter. Since then, word of the snafu has gained wide notoriety, including a feature story on Deadspin.com. Before details about the incident surfaced in the media, the Yankees had made no effort to contact the effected account holders. Listed below is the text of the email apology that was sent just before 9:00 PM this evening.
Dear Yankees Season Ticket Licensee,
We are writing to inform you about an accidental electronic distribution of information that you have previously supplied to the New York Yankees.
Monday evening, April 25, 2011 an employee of the Yankees sent an e-mail to several hundred Yankees Season Ticket Licensees. The e-mail mistakenly attached an internal Yankees spreadsheet that listed the following information associated with your New York Yankees account:
- Your name, and the address, phone number(s), fax number, and e-mail address that you previously provided to the Yankees
- Your seat numbers, Yankees account number, Yankees account representative name, and the ticket package code associated with your account
NO OTHER INFORMATION WAS INCLUDED IN THE DOCUMENT THAT WAS ACCIDENTALLY ATTACHED TO THE APRIL 25TH E-MAIL. THE DOCUMENT DID NOT INCLUDE ANY BIRTH DATES, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, CREDIT CARD DATA, BANKING DATA, OR ANY OTHER PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION.
Please note, immediately upon learning of the accidental attachment of the internal spreadsheet, remedial measures were undertaken so as to assure that a similar incident could not happen again.
The Yankees deeply regret this incident, and any inconvenience that it might cause.